The Health Information Management program prepares students for a professional career in the fast changing field of health informatics and information management. Students will learn how to maintain and communicate sensitive medical and patient information in accordance with established medical, administrative, ethical, legal, accreditation, and regulatory requirements of the health care delivery system. In all types of health care facilities, health information management professionals possess the technical knowledge and skills necessary to process, maintain, compile, and report health information data for reimbursement, facility planning, marketing, risk management, utilization management, quality assessment, and research.
As the health information management professional is often responsible for functional supervision of the various components of the health information system, the Zane State College Health Information Management program is grounded in the importance of applied knowledge. Through internships at local health care agencies under the direction of program faculty, students will gain hands-on, clinical experience essential to developing the skills necessary to succeed in this expanding career. According to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, health information specialists constitute one of the fastest growing occupations throughout the state. Health Information Management professionals are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, physician’s offices, urgent care centers, long-term care centers, medical billing service providers, and insurance companies.
Students who graduate from an accredited associate degree program are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician certification. With additional work experience, students who complete the HIM program may also be eligible for other certifications including the Certified Coding Associate, Certified Coding Specialist, and Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based. Zane State College is currently pursuing accreditation of the Health Information Management program through the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).